12-storey building gets go-ahead

LIZ MCDONALD
Last updated 13:38 23/09/2013
145-161 Cashel St hotel
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NEW HOTEL: Plans have been unveiled for 145-161 Cashel St.

145-161 Cashel St hotel
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GROUND FLOOR: Developers hope the building will be finished in 2015.

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A 50-metre 12-storey building planned for Christchurch's Grand Chancellor Hotel site has been given the go-ahead.

Owner Grand Hotels International has been given resource consent for the project after putting its plan to the Christchurch City Council  last month. The company hopes to start construction next year.

The Singapore-based company owner demolished its 73-m, 26-storey hotel on the Cashel St site after the earthquakes, vowing then to rebuild. Existing use rights mean they can rebuild above a 28-m height limit imposed since the earthquakes.

The replacement tower will house a new apartment-style hotel, plus office and shops.

It will be stepped back, making the full height hard to see from the street frontage, and include a green space on the roof.

It is one of four buildings chosen by the Government to house the 1700 public servants coming back into central Christchurch in 2016. The owners begin lease negotiations with the Government this week.

Grand Hotels International say they would like the building finished by 2015.

The tower has been designed by architects Warren and Mahoney and will be built by Fletcher Construction.

Five levels with 136 serviced apartments will sit on top, with another five levels of office space underneath and parking for 64 cars. Base isolators will be installed for earthquake protection.

Frank Delli Cicchi, Grand Hotels general manager, said that after looking at a number of different options for the site, they were ''very excited'' with the final plan.

"Starting from conceptual stage, we were very mindful of Christchurch's desire to create a vibrant and healthy central city,'' said Delli Cicchi.

The Hotel Grand Chancellor was damaged in the February 2011 and was considered on of the city's most precarious wrecks until demolition finished in May last year.

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